All horses including ponies, donkeys, exotic equines such as zebras and crossbreeds must have their own horse passport.
The Horse Identification (Scotland) Regulations 2009 requires that when a horse (includes weaned foal) is moved for the following purposes, it must be accompanied by a valid horse passport
- For competition purposes
- For breeding purposes
- Out of Scotland
- To the premises of a new keeper
- For veterinary treatment
It is an offence for any person to sell a horse without a passport. For all new horse passport applications the horse must be micro-chipped.
Horse passports are a means of identifying individual animals and making sure horses treated with certain medicines don't end up as food for human consumption.
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